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Monday, April 6, 2020

Read Luke 9:51-62. These verses of Scripture have always challenged me to think about the ways God is asking me to respond to His call. God’s call is irrevocable; that is to  say, His call cannot be reversed, denied, or annulled. When God calls, He calls for an immediate response - an action that does not put off for later what the Holy Spirit wants to do now.    
How is God calling you? What does that response look like in your life? Don’t put off for tomorrow what God is calling you to do today.    
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Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Read Isaiah 6:8-10.  I love Isaiah’s response to the power, the glory, and the majesty of God that he witnessed in his vision of the Lord. After seeing the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted with the train of His robe filling the temple; and after one of the seraphs touched his lips with a burning, hot coal, his response was, “Here am I. Send me!”  
How is the Lord revealing Himself to you - His power, His might, His glory - that you, like Isaiah might say, ​“Here am I. Send me?”  

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Read John 12:12-19. Jesus did it all wrong. He didn’t enter Jerusalem like a conquering hero should. No white stallion. No military force backing him up. No spectacular miracles (like raising another dead man). No powerful speeches. Yet the whole world was following Him. For the moment, anyway. That wouldn’t last long … because He was doing it all wrong. They turned away because He didn’t do it like they expected. 
How many times have I been disappointed when God didn’t do things my way? How often have I reacted in childish ways because I didn’t get my way in spiritual things? 
Forgive me, Lord! And help me to understand that Your way is always different from my way. Let me patiently watch Your way unfold in my life and in my world. Amen!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Read Isaiah 42:1-9. Our Creator God is always up to something new. And here’s the really exciting part … we get to be a part of it. When He begins to work in someone’s life, we get to be the light! Right now God is doing something incredibly wonderful in our world. Churches are being forced into rethinking their ministries. Dry bones are being called to new life. God makes it clear. He will not yield his glory to anything else – not even a virus. What new thing do you see God doing?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Read Isaiah 6:1-8. When you have been touched by God – really, deeply touched by God – you are eager to let others know. Isaiah came face-to-face with the realization that he needed God’s touch, and he received it. And for him the transition was from “Woe is me” to “Send me.” There is an old Bill Gaither song that uses this imagery: “He touched me and oh the joy that floods my soul. Something happened, and now I know. He touched and made me whole.”How has God touched you?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Read Matthew 16:13-20. On this April Fools’ Day we read the most non-foolish thing Peter ever said! He says it rashly, of course. He always does. But on that day it was anything but foolish. It was utterly profound. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. So profound was it that Jesus acknowledged Peter didn’t come up with it on his own. It was revealed to him from the Father in heaven. 
The Psalmist defines a fool as one who claims there is no God (Psalm 14:1). Today Peter proclaims that Jesus is God. No fooling him! I want to find ways to work this truth into the conversations this day has. When my friends are proclaiming “April Fools!” I want to counter with the truth that Jesus is the Son of the Living God. Join me?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Read Romans 10:1-13. It sounds so simple. Declare and believe. Declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead. That’s it. Yet people everyday try to complicate it. “It can’t be that simple,” they say. “There has to be more to it than that.” But there isn’t. Declare and believe. Probably the greatest challenge we face in sharing our faith with others is the helping them to overcome that obstacle.Would you agree?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Read John 11:38-44. This passage is a true story. I know that. But it is so powerful to think about the allegorical applications of it as well. For example, there is a barrier between each of us and the new life that Christ calls us to. For Lazarus it was a literal stone. For us it is sin, pride, and an unwillingness to yield ourselves to the authority of someone else. Lazarus was also tangled in his grave clothes until someone set him free. We are tangled in the issues of life, family, career and now coronavirus, that we may find ourselves unable to walk forward in faith in total freedom. My application today focuses on issues such as these. How about you?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Read John 11:17-37. Both sisters came with the same observation: “If you, Jesus, had been here, my brother would not have died.” But is that true? I don’t think so. We aren’t told why Lazarus died, so we have to assume it was of natural causes. The concern offered by the sisters is legitimate, and common. We often think that Jesus would have or could have prevented something we didn’t want to see. But we need to remember that part of our journey with Christ is learning to trust even when we feel like He has let us down. Have you been there? Yeah, me too.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Read John 11:1-16. Verse six of this story has always been intriguing to me: ​“Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days” (vs. 6). ​ The love ofJesus was so great that He delayed His coming to Lazarus. The human, logical, rationally thinking, western mind cannot grasp Jesus’ actions. If Jesus’ love wasso great for Lazarus, why didn’t He immediately go to Lazarus and meet his needs? If the love of Jesus was so great for His friend, why did He stall for another two days?    
As you reflect upon this thought, listen to what Jesus said earlier: ​“This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (vs. 4).  

Friday, March 27, 2020

Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Some of the greatest wisdom is found in these verses. And some of the greatest understanding comes out of reflecting upon the question: How am I to trust God in the midst of uncertainty? How am I to completely and fully depend, not upon myself, but on the provision, the peace, and the protection of God?    
How might you acknowledge God today so that the path of God might be clear for you in the days ahead?  

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Read Psalm 133. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (vs.1). ​ As good and pleasant as it is for brothers and sisters in Christ to dwell together in unity, the Church has been presented with what I believe is the greatest  opportunity the Church has ever seen in this generation: to dwell together without  physically being together. How does that happen? What does that look like?  How do we dwell together without physically being together? For starters, it means that we “do church” in ways that we’ve never done before.    
What do you think it looks like for the Church to dwell and live together in unity in  a time when the coronavirus is disrupting our lives?  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Read John 20:19-29. After Jesus is raised from the dead, He appears to His fear-filled disciples. They were afraid. They were scared. And they didn’t know what to do without their Lord with them any longer. Sounds like something very similar to what you and I are experiencing today: fear, panic, and ever despair. For many of us, anxiety has set into our hearts and, like the disciples, Jesus speaks a word of peace, for He says three different times, ​“Peace be with you” (vs. 19b, 21, 26b).
In times such as these, receiving God’s peace is comforting. How is Jesusbreathing His peace in your life today?    

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Now more than ever the Church - the Body of Christ - is called to let its light shine. We are living in uncertain times. We are experiencing and living through what many of us have never seen before. How do you think the Church can heed Paul’s call to view every member of the Body of Christ in the season in which we’re living? What does it look like for every member of Christ’s Church to do their part and to be the Church? Remember: the Church is not a building; it’s the people.    
So, how might you be the Church today?